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Hallelujah! The ridiculous and controversial six-year investigation into the lives of American nuns has finally concluded. The Vatican decided that these women were not pushing a radical feminist agenda on to its religious constituency, just an agenda to support and care for people who are in need of help and guidance. Bravo, Vatican. But while nuns are off the hook—for now—Catholic higher-ups did deem it necessary to note that the good works of these women are informed by a commitment to justice and a "feminist spirit. Read More
  As of Saturday, Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, 66—who previously served as head of the Vatican’s highest court (making him the highest-ranking American in the Vatican)—has been downgraded to a ceremonial position of chaplain for the Knights of Malta, a charity group. Thankfully, he now holds little responsibility and has a much smaller figurative megaphone. With Burke’s uber-conservative views on abortion, same-sex marriage, and feminism it’s clear why our open-minded Pope removed him from his position of power. Read More
Mars Hill Church, a 15-location megachurch headed by Pastor Mark Driscoll (who infamously referred to women as “penis homes”) has, in the past few weeks, been facing a growing controversy over its power structure, bullying of attendees and staff, and Driscoll’s inflammatory online (and in-pulpit) statements regarding (among other things), the status of women within the church, and marriage. Attendance is way down; Mars Hill is firing staff and closing branches, and Driscoll is taking a six-week hiatus. Read More
The founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, Fred Phelps Sr., died of natural causes at 84-years-old on Wednesday, March 19th. Phelps and his small Topeka, Kansas-based congregation, which is largely comprised of his own extended family members, is best known for leading repugnant anti-gay protests at public events such as funerals of AIDS victims and deceased members of the armed forces. The church was founded in the 1950's and has been spewing nonsense for way too long. Read More
  There are some pretty wacky ideas and debates about sex these days, but looking back on Medieval religious and social doctrines makes our sexual culture seem a little bit less complicated. For one, even sexual pleasure within a marriage was considered sinful; it had to be scheduled based on the woman’s menstrual cycle and the church calendar to ensure that both parties experienced as little pleasure as possible.    Another inconceivably absurd and convoluted rules applies to male homosexual sex, which was typically punishable by an impossible 10 years of fasting. Read More
  Ah, wedding dresses. What a bride chooses to wear to her wedding is a sacred choice. Different colors and different shapes can represent how a gal chooses to enter into a lifetime with the person she loves. Every outfit is as unique as each woman herself; a really good wedding dress can help to express the ways in which she and her partner love one another. So can location, for that matter. Whether it’s a church or a beach or in the middle of the woods, the place at which couple chooses to wed is crucial. Read More
The Washington National Cathedral, which draws hundreds of thousands of visitors yearly, will become one of the first Episcopal congregations to perform rites for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender members. As the nation’s most prominent church, the decision carries huge symbolism. The 106-year-old cathedral hopes that by performing same-sex marriages and demonstrating acceptance there will be an opportunity to break down barriers and build a more inclusive community. Read More
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